>> It's taken 2,500 years, but Rome has finally chosen its first female mayor, Virginia Raggi, winning 67% of the vote in a runoff election. It's a thumping victory for the insurgent Five Star Party, which also saw a shock win in Turin. The result's a big setback for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his ruling coalition.
They cast a cloud over his chances of winning the do-or-die October referendum on constitutional reform. For Five Star, the win marks a transition from protest movement to serious political power. The party was founded seven years ago by comedian Beppe Grillo, who has since withdrawn from politics. It's biggest appeal remains as a protest against the rampant corruption in Italian public life.
Now it will have to show it can actually run two of the countries biggest cities.